The Eighth Month
After just closing out another phenomenal month of growth, we’ve got plenty of highlights to share in this month’s review.
The numbers from July 2009 have broken every previously held record to date, and that’s been a huge motivation for Sam and I to keep momentum going.
Are you new here and wondering what this post is? This is Build Internet’s month in review, in which we go through and share the “behind the scenes” numbers and happenings. Let’s take a look:
Traffic and Stats
This month was just shy of 400K pageviews, up from last month’s 226K. The most exciting part? Almost a third of our lifetime traffic was generated during the month of July. I’ll let the charts from our Analytics account below do the rest of the talking.
Just like last month, we’ve seen similar numbers time spent on the site and bounce rate carry over. In other exciting news, we’ve breached the 200K visitor/month mark.
The spread of traffic sources remained largely the same. During weekdays Build Internet averages ~1100 results/day.
We reached a total of 191 countries during the past 31 days. The United States, Germany, and the UK are among some of the biggest percentages.
Interested in a more comprehensive look at our numbers? Download the full dashboard report below for more.
Subscribers and Followers
We’re always happy to see an increase in RSS subscribers. We’re up from about 3500 last month to an average high of 4400. If you haven’t committed yourself yet, here’s a link and some encouragement.
Thanks to everyone who started following us on Twitter this month. You were part of the enormous jump from 2140 in June to 3051 going into August.
Technorati hasn’t exactly been one of the most consistent ranking systems in the world, but the average has hovered between 5500 and 6,500.
Top Posts and Content
Here’s the most popular posts in July 2009. We’ve actually got some diversity in this batch, with posts from all topics and time frames.
- Fonts Used in the Logos of Popular Websites
- Five Minute Upgrade – Making Your Design Pop
- Animate Curtains Opening with jQuery
- Sliding Boxes and Captions with jQuery
- How to Make a Smooth Animated Menu with jQuery
I’d also like to bring some attention to the number of high quality guest posts that we’ve had this month. Our guest authors have written all sorts of great things, including a three part introduction to object oriented PHP and explanations of four methods to create equal height columns. After July’s showing, we’re especially excited to premiere some first time guest authors on the blog in the next week or so.
Adsense and BuySellAds
Adsense continues to perform admirably, and the average is on a steady climb. We’ve experimented with different ad unit sizes and placements over the past few weeks, and we’re looking forward to seeing the results over time.
We also did some adjusting in BuySellAds this month, and introduced a new double-wide space located above our traditional 125×125. Envato’s ThemeForest was the first to claim it. We’ve still got a couple places free around the site, so if you’re running an ad campaign be sure to take a look.
The Launch of a Blog
This past month, we officially launched the third member of the One Mighty Roar blog network. Officeal is a blog that showcases galleries and profiles of fantastic places to work.
Haven’t checked it out yet? You’re missing out on some of the most inspiring offices to make any creative type jealous. As an added bonus, our finished office is featured in there. Take a look at where we work from!
What’s Planned for August?
We’ve got a few announcements to make this month about upcoming events/operations on the blog.
Sam and I will be on vacation until August 11th. We’re going to try our best to schedule some great posts in advance, along with some articles from guest authors to keep the regular post schedule rolling. That being said, this coming week may not see the same daily posting that’s been going on
Towards the end of the month, on August 23rd, we’re heading back to school. What does this mean for Build Internet? Nothing too drastic, except a slightly less aggressive posting schedule. Five posts a week was great over a full time office summer schedule, but we’re going to have some time taken away by classes and related work. Sam and I will be aiming for a posting schedule of 2-3 per week, but that number with likely be boosted by guest authors.
We’ve got something very exciting in talks right now with an equally exciting web and marketing company. I’m going to keep it vague until things are all in place, but you’ll definitely like the results. The only hint you’ll get right now is that it indirectly involves a big name blogger. How’s that for suspense?
A Request for Feedback
This month I’d like to ask a favor of our regular readers. Sam and I would like to hear your feedback. What would you like to see more of? Anything we’ve overdone lately? Since our posting schedule will be scaling back once school starts up again, this will help shape the coming months of the blog. We want to make sure that when we do post, it is with content that keeps you interested. Any feedback or suggestions? We’re all ears.
Keep on Internet-ing,
Sam & Zach Dunn